By Jonathan Charles | Sep 27, 2012 01:14 PM EDT
Nintendo's "launch" window covers a period from the U.S.'s Nov. 18 release to March 2013, meaning that some of the most anticipated titles will not arrive on the console until months after release. With less than eight weeks to go before the console's launch, Nintendo revealed which titles will be arriving on launch day alongside Wii U.
Multiplatform games including Assassin's Creed 3, Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Darksiders 2, FIFA 13, Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, and Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge will be released on Nov. 18 in the U.S. Consumers may be interested to see how the games compare to their Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions, some of which are now available; the comparison may be an indication of the console's performance. Anonymous sources earlier in the year, though, did indicate that unique games for the console will offer the best performance.
As for exclusive games, Just Dance 4, New Super Mario Bros. U, NintendoLand, Scribblenauts Unlimited, Sing Party, Wipeout 3 (not to be confused with the PlayStation 1 release), Your Shape: Fitness Evolved 2013, and ZombiU will be released on the launch date. Notably, Ubisoft's Rayman Legends is missing from the list despite its positive E3 2012 demo. Ubisoft also published ZombiU, arguably the most anticipated title from the launch day lineup.
The remaining 29 games will launch between Nov. 18 and March 2013. It seems that specific dates are dependent on the developers. For example, Bayonetta 2 is yet to get a release date despite being an exclusive game.
"We're making sure that Wii U owners will have great games to play from the moment they open the box, and a steady stream of fun new games is always on the way," Nintendo of America President and Chief Operating Officer Reggie Fils-Aime said.
Sony's PlayStation Vita struggled to offer quality titles after its strong lineup. Nintendo's 3DS saw similar problems until Nintendo released first-party titles like Super Mario 3D Land. This time Nintendo is launching with a Mario title.
Wii U launches on Nov. 18 in the U.S and Nov. 30 in the UK, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
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